Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.
They must be able to type reasonably fast. They must maintain information on their company’s computer systems in an accurate and timely manner. They must be able to determine data that needs to be archived. Data entry operators must be able to pay attention to details. They work with data related to sales, customers, and payroll. The type of data entered varies from company to company. Data entry operators may work with data that is numerical or text-based. Some data may come as electronic files from other departments or outside organizations, or it could also be paper-based information that needs to be entered into spreadsheets or databases manually. They must be able to troubleshoot errors. They may have to research rejected information related to electronic data files. They must make sure that the information in their employer’s systems is accurate, usable, and up to date. Data entry operators may help other employees find information that they need.
Data entry operators are often required to be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office. They are also required to learn their company’s specific or customized software. They must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They must be able to work in a team environment.
Data Entry Operator Tasks
Create and update databases.
Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.
Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.